Overview

Although these cranberry lemon cheesecake bites look pretty fancy, they're actually quite easy. All you need is a blender, and although you need to use it twice you don't even have to wash it in between uses so this can be whipped up very quickly.
  • Prep Time

    15 min
  • Total Time

    2 hours 15 min
  • Suggested Servings

    12 servings
  • Shelf Life

    1 week in freezer
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Throw all lemon cheesecake ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend, starting very slowly and then increasing the speed. (You may need to stop and start it a bit if your blender is getting hung up. If your blades won't move, turn blender off, create an air pocket down the side with a knife, and then blend again starting on low.) Keep blending until it's very smooth, like a creamy white fudge with no cashew chunks at all.
  • 2. Pour lemon filling mixture into the final pans/molds and place in freezer (to let them firm up a bit while you are making the cranberry topping).
  • 3. You do NOT need to wash the blender. (It will have some lemon filling leftovers in it, but that's okay.) Throw the cranberries and dates into your (dirty) high-speed blender. Blend until nice and smooth. 
  • 4. Hopefully your lemon cheesecake bases has firmed up a bit in the freezer (15 mins or so?), now use a spoon and plop the cranberry topping onto the lemon filling and smooth it out with the back of a spoon.
  • 5. Place recipe back in freezer. Freeze until it reaches the desired (firm) consistency (5 hours or so!).
  • 6. Store in freezer at all times. To eat, just open the freezer, grab what you want and eat immediately.

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

Although this recipe looks pretty fancy, it's actually quite easy. All you need is a blender, and although you need to use it twice you don't even have to wash it in between uses so this can be whipped up very quickly.

The taste of this recipe is majorly tangy, what with the lemon and the cranberries. Little children might not care for it, but I think it has a gourmet flavor and I absolutely love it.

Now, I've explained everything quite nicely in the directions, so you should be able to follow along quite well. (If I do say so myself!)

The biggest question mark will be deciding what kind of dish or molds to use. If you don't have a lot of kitchen gear, you can just get a big brownie pan, cake pan or pie dish and dump the entire recipe in it (first the lemon filling, then adding the cranberry on top about 10 minutes later). Then freeze, and slice once frozen like a big cake. Easy!

As you can see in my pics, I made a few different sizes of cheesecake "bites", from a little "cake" (using a mini springform pan) to two smaller versions using silicone molds (medium square molds and tiny round molds). I actually prefer the tiniest "bites", because they're a nice little snack in a small portion. Also, a tip if you're using silicone molds, just fill them up and leave them in the freezer in the molds. Then pop them out of the molds just before eating.

One last note, these will melt really quickly so you must eat them frozen.

Nutrition Overview

B+grade
  • This recipe is very low in Carbohydrates, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Protein, Iron, and Vitamin B6.

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Hi Jess, ZERO cream cheese required :) The cashews provide all the creaminess you need. TRUST me. Try it and you shall see! <3

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Danielle's Review

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Absolutely loved this recipe Laura-Jane, thanks so much for sharing. I made this tonight and can I just say, the Lemon cheesecake base is AH-MAZING! I mixed it up a little bit as I didn't have Cranberries, so I used frozen mixed berries and I added a bit of Cacao powder, it was divine! I will be trying it again with Cranberries as I think it would be delicious. The possibilities are endless, I'm thinking Raspberry too! Mmmm. Thanks again.

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Beautiful Gloria!! Love your substitution - way to make it work. I bet the orange cranberry was a divine combo too! xoxoxo Lovely pic, glad you came back to share :) xox

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This was delicious!

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So glad you enjoyed the bites, Sara!

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Hi Jane, can I use macadamia nuts for the base? And if so, do I have to saok them? Thanks:-)

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Hi Carmen,

Yes, you can use macadamia nuts in the base instead of cashews, but cashews are preferred. No need to soak.

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Hi Laura Jane, as I can't buy fresh cranberries where I live, do you think dried would work. Also thank you , for your generosity in sharing such amazing recipes. With gratitude. Karen :)

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Hi Karen, Instead of fresh cranberries, try fresh strawberries or pitted cherries or blueberries instead! (Better to use fresh or thawed fruit than dried in this recipe.)

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These are amazing! One question. I make a ton of stuff from your website and people are always asking me to give them individual recipes. Too much work for me. Can I just paste your link onto my Facebook next to where I put a pic of your stuff that I make. Then then can have direct access to you;)

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You sure can Rue :)

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Is it possible to make this without coconut oil? I have an alleryg to coconut :(. Irish moss? Not sure how to use Irish moss though.

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Hi Gouri,

The coconut oil is necessary to get the right consistency. (I've used Irish Moss, it works, but it is a LOT of work and not worth the effort in my opinion - you can use chia seeds for some recipes though)

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I made these today with half cashews and half macadamia nuts for the base and used acai and raspberries for the top and it was amazing!!!

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Sounds awesome Sarah!

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Made this tonight and right now I am waiting for it to set up! But it smells so good and the stuff I liked of the spoon was yummy

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LOL, I'm guilty of not waiting, Amber!

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MY DEAR!!! thank you soooo very much for your recipe, it was A M A Z I N G!!!!! with all LOVE AND PEACE!!! i also made some raw cashews and dates balls rolled it coconut!!! yuuum

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So pretty Diana!!

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Crust Ingredients:

3/4 cup well packed soft dates, chopped
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbsp. vanilla
Pinch of sea salt
1 1/2 cup ground almonds or almond flour
1/2 cup dried coconut
1/2 cup cashews
Crust Directions:

Put the dates in a food processor and blend until a smooth paste forms. Sometimes it turns into a hard block and the blade has a hard time going through it, and if that happens, add about a tablespoon of water. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.

Put the crust mixture in the bottom of a springform pan and put it in the freezer until you are ready to assemble.

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Hi Diana, definitely an option to add a base at the bottom :)

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Thank you for sharing this recipe :)
i don't have this type of blender, i just have a very basic regular blender. will it work if i will soak cashews for 2 hours at least?

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Hi Diana,

Yes it should work just fine if you soak the cashews for around two hours in warm water. Just rinse and pat dry before using.

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Can most cashew based recipes be subbed with almonds? Or should I be the one to try this with almonds and report back? :-)
We have a cashew allergy in our home, so I'm curious.

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Hi SueBee,

In short, no, almonds are not a good sub for cashews, cashews are way creamier and will react quite differently.

If you can do macadamia nuts they would work better instead of almonds.

Almonds aren't creamy or oily enough - I almost think you'd have better luck maybe using bananas instead, or maybe some almonds and some bananas - it will turn it into a banana-ish cake, but it will at least have the creaminess

Also, this podcast might be of interest to you if you have time to listen:
https://www.therawtarian.com/rfp05-nut-substitutions

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I just made those little cranberry-lemon cheecake bits…they are so incredibly deliciously sweet and tangy….the presentation can only get better as i make these more and more often. So easy to make with my Vitamix. Thank you for this recipe..

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Hey Savannagh, those look beautiful!!

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Om Goodnes!!!!!! I made this yesterday and it is big hit in my family. You are genius to use cranberries .I will definitely keep this recipe.Thank you. Alena

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Lol so glad it worked well for you Alena!

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I don't have coconut oil right now. Can I substitute it by another kind of oil?

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Nope, sorry Liesbeth, there is no substitute for coconut oil in this recipe. It will NOT work without it - since the coconut oil is what firms it up. Best to wait until you have coconut oil

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OMG!!!! I made these and the coconut buscuits. I think I may have died and gone to heaven. I also made some for a vegan friend of mine who is a chef and presonal trainer and she loved them so much she asked for the recipe. I am so happy that I found this website - thank you :D

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Awesome Cher! You impressed a chef. Well done!! xox

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I've made many cashew cheesecake, and I LOVE the simplicity of this recipe! :) It's been a while since I've made one, and I wondered you opinion on using the cashews soaked vs. unsoaked? Thank you!

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Hi Snowfitness,

Generally I see soaking nuts as a "nice-to-have" rather than a mandatory thing. Kind of like eating all organic produce all the time, not always practical.

When making this recipe I never soak the nuts. If I had a very crappy blender I might soak the cashews in the cheesecake filling part (not the crust nuts though) but the purpose would be to help it blend.

Hope this helps!

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Thank you! Your input is definitely helpful! :D

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:)

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This is like crack. The next time I think that I'll make this with the crust that goes to the apple pie.

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Lol Jessica - glad you're addicted to something healthy ;)

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Phyllis Richard's Review

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OMG! this is amazingly good! Can't get enough of it!

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Phyllis, I understand completely :)

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Marie Dang's Review

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So awesome! On my second batch.

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Love it Marie!

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Twyla's Review

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Love this recipe!! It's easy and DEEEELISH :-) I made one batch Lemon flavour and a second batch Vanilla Maple. YUMMMMMM. Thanks for sharing :-)

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Mmmmmm vanilla maple. Yes, that is getting my creative juices flowing! Nice touch Twyla :)

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Hey your recipes sound great and I can't wait to try some of them! However, I have noticed that a lot of the recipes contain cashews, walnuts, and macadamia nuts and I am currently on an elimination diet where the only nuts I can eat are sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Will either of these work as a substitute or do you have any ideas?

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Hi Nina, not in this recipe, unfortunately.

Generally, though:

1. You may find this podcast helpful: https://www.therawtarian.com/rfp05-nut-substitutions  (you can download it in iTunes - look for "raw food podcast" - episode 5)

2. Generally, these groups of nuts can be substituted for one another:
creamy nuts: cashews, macadamia nuts, pine nuts, etc.
flour-like nuts: almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, etc.
oily nuts: walnuts, pecans, etc.

3. In this recipe, the only thing you can use is cashews or macadamia nuts

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Danielle's Review

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Absolutely loved this recipe Laura-Jane, thanks so much for sharing. I made this tonight and can I just say, the Lemon cheesecake base is AH-MAZING! I mixed it up a little bit as I didn't have Cranberries, so I used frozen mixed berries and I added a bit of Cacao powder, it was divine! I will be trying it again with Cranberries as I think it would be delicious. The possibilities are endless, I'm thinking Raspberry too! Mmmm. Thanks again.

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Hi Danielle!

Sounds delicious, especially with the addition of the chocolatey goodness. YUM! I know, the lemon base is soooo good. For me it's the perfect combo of tart and sweet at the same time. and with the addition of choco too? be still my heart.

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Gloria's Review

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Dear lj thannnnnnnnk you for this wonderful recipe. I made it this morning and it's to die for. The only thing I did different was I made it with oranges instead of lemon because that's what I had on hand,and I really wanted to make this awesome recipe..

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Beautiful Gloria!! Love your substitution - way to make it work. I bet the orange cranberry was a divine combo too! xoxoxo Lovely pic, glad you came back to share :) xox

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Question, you call it lemon cheesecake bits. How much cream cheese do you need for this.k

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Hi Jess, ZERO cream cheese required :) The cashews provide all the creaminess you need. TRUST me. Try it and you shall see! <3

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I want to make these but I was wondering if I could cut done on the lemon,it sounds way to tart with that much.they look so delish but need to satisfy my sweet tooth. LOL

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Hi Gloria, you have my permission to cut the lemon in half, but don't go any less than that, and keep the zest if you can :)

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Kirstin Pyers's Review

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Can you please tell me how long you would store in freezer for? Thanks

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Hi Kirstin,

Well, I would let them freeze for AT LEAST 5 hours so that they get solid and firm. Then, I would eat them until they were gone.... usually lasts only a few days in my house!

But I would say you could keep them in the freezer in a tightly sealed container for anywhere up to 2 weeks. The only thing that would happen is that they might get all freezer-burny after a while, other than that there's no real max shelf life in the freezer.

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Thanks x

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My pleasure Kirstin :)

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Minelli's Review

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SO DELICIOUS!! I used half macadamia and half cashew and 1 1/2 cup cranberries and 1/2 cup dried unsweetened cherries.... YUMMMMMMMMMMY!!!!!!

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I am sooo glad you made this, Minelli :) Sounds divine with the cherries too. Did you find it too tart/sour?

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